By Russ Paine, PT | Originally featured on MikeReinold.com
I have been involved in the evaluation and treatment of sports medicine injuries for 33 years. I have been very fortunate to have a “true” sports medicine practice that predominantly includes professional, college, high school, amateur, and aging athletes. Having this type of clientele has forced me to explore and pursue restoring full function in the timeliest manner, being very careful to not cause harm using an aggressive approach.
I believe that one of the secrets to having successful return to sports with minimal adverse effects is fully restoring muscle function.
Although many aspects of our field have seen excellent advancements and growth, we continue to combat one of the most difficult challenges following injury and surgery, muscle atrophy and weakness.
Restoration of muscle function should not only be measured by muscle force output and scores obtained on functional tests, but neurological function. In my practice, establishing normal neurological function following knee surgery is goal number one for our patients’ initial step on the path toward successful return to function.
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